One of the things that’s always made me a little uncomfortable is that we have had to have such a strict pet policy for our rentals. There is a hefty deposit, and no dogs over 35 pounds are allowed. And no cats. Lee is allergic to cats. It’s also made it hard for us to look at some houses to buy!
So, many landlords don’t allow pets at all. I do understand this. They can make a mess. Even my precious dogs make messes. For example, Lee accidentally locked Carlton in the upstairs at the ranch, and he messed up part of a door trying to get out. And they all get sick occasionally. And they shed (Alfred could make a career of producing fur). The clean-up after someone’s lived in a house with pets is why we have a non-refundable pet fee and a refundable pet deposit.
I have to say, though, that I think it’s worthwhile to allow pets in rental units. People love pets, and they improve their quality of life.
Allowing pets makes it easier to rent your properties, too. In fact, I just read that the two things people look for most in apartment amenities are a place to exercise and a pet-friendly environment. That translates to parks and green spaces nearby in a house, I guess.
We want happy and healthy tenants, so in the end, the pets are worth it.
I’ve already received some books about what we’re educating ourselves on (that’s where I read about how much pet policies make a difference to renters), and Russell has found all sorts of articles and links. I always enjoy learning new things, so this is fun.
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